NCAA lets Fiesta keep its bowl license

May 17, 2011 - 5:30 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA will let the Fiesta Bowl keeps its bowl license on a one-year probationary basis.

The postseason bowl licensing subcommittee announced Tuesday that the Fiesta Bowl officials, who also run the Insight Bowl, will have to meet in person with the subcommittee at its annual meeting next April to provide a progress report on the game's management and business plan changes.

The decision comes in the wake of a scandal at the Arizona-based bowl that included apparently illegal campaign contributions from staff and lavish spending by the former CEO on parties and a night at a strip club.

Last week, the Bowl Championship Series fined the Fiesta Bowl $1 million dollars, but allowed it to remain part of the system that determines major college football's national champion.